It is a hard thing to do, to be yourself. If you can let others be who they are, then can't you be who you are? I admit, once something gets in my head, it stays there until I have exhausted it all. My new kick (which isn't new, but I have been lax lately) is couponing. I have been watching Extreme Couponing along with the rest of America. I admire some of the people who use these coupons to the fullest.
Unfortunately, I live in an area where we do not have store cards, double coupons or anything remotely in that vein. We have only 4 major grocery stores. I would love to buy laundry detergent and stockpile. Even our weekly Sunday carries only the smallest amounts of coupons. It looks the odds are all stacked against me. I think you can still extreme coupon, but on a much smaller scale. Here is how I would do it.
I have emailed all the companies of the products that I use. They not only send me the coupon of the product that I am using but they will also send me coupons for other products in the lineup. I recently received a coupon for my husband who likes uses the Mach 3 razor. They sent him a coupon for free replacements, up to any size.
This is how I get by. Watching the ads, keeping up with selling cycles, looking for coupons everywhere. You may not see on Extreme Coupons, but I am extreme when it comes to savings for my family.
By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA
I have never watched the Extreme Couponing show. From the ads that I see on TV for the show, I think the people are a little "off." There is such a thing as stocking up, but then there is hoarding. You need a heck of a lot of storage space to do something like those people do. Also I find the store brands to be cheaper than the brand names even when using a coupon. There are a few things that I insist on having the brand name, but most of the time I use generic. In my area the coupons expire before the item goes on sale. I also don't think it pays to run from store to store just because one item is cheaper there than someplace else.
I love that show also, the only thing I see with most of the people on it is the amount of time it takes for them to get all the coupons together and purchase all the goods, I ask myself is it worth the hassle.
I agree with redhatterb that those Extreme Couponing (or whatever the show's name is) people seem off. I have watched a couple of episodes and feel that those people have taken the joy out of couponing. It is hoarding unless you turn around and donate your products. I actually worry about the show participants if their homes suffered a major difficulty such as flooding etc. and how much that would put them over the top (shudder). OCD, if they have it, is something that might need to be treated by a professional.
But thanks for the many great tips Georgetta!
I also coupon and think it's a great way to save money. As far as the Extreme Couponing show, when those people take the time to stack 300 toothpastes neatly on their shelf I seriously doubt they have any intention of giving any to charity. They only claim they give to charity because they are ashamed of what they do. Stocking up on things for your family is smart. Getting 500 free mustards just because you can, not smart.
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